The Rock Climbing and Caving BuckWild program will take place at Hennigh Cave, Tytoona Cave, White Rocks, and Shaffer Rock. The rock-climbing portion of the experience is located in Michaux State Forest and Central PA. Michaux State Forest is in southern PA and is the northern portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This state forest area is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts. Your group will be climbing in one of the state's premier rock-climbing areas. Mocanaqua crag is known for its 5 great walls that provide fantastic climbing in the Central PA area. You will have the opportunity to explore 2 of the many caves in Central PA. Hennigh Cave is in the heartland of the Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) Culture. You will see how this culture lives within the mainstream American Culture. This cave was first explored and mapped in 1958. Tytoona Cave Preserve is located in limestone-rich Sinking Valley, in Blair County, PA. Each group will have 2 days of climbing and 1 day of caving. Your group will get to interact with the backpacking and rock climbing crew or the adventure race groups that will be traveling to similar locations.

Equipment Packing List

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Challenge Level

The exertion level is light. No prior climbing or caving experience is needed. Participants will be introduced to beginner level caving. Each climbing area has easy to moderate to difficult climbing. You will be able to choose your challenge level. There will also be a possibility of easy hiking in Michaux State Forest. We will teach you everything you need to know for all the outdoor pursuits.


Expedition Itinerary 

The experience below is only an example, trips are subject to change based on weather, local conditions, other circumstances, etc.

Day 1

  • 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Move in to the Residence Halls, breakfast and lunch on your own
  • 12:15 p.m.: In a duffel bag, bring your packed equipment from the packing list for your specific trip to an area for storage (TBD) prior to the Weis Center meeting
  • 12:30 p.m.: Meeting with the Associate Dean, Director of Outdoor Education & Leadership, and BuckWild student trip leaders in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • 1:30 p.m.: Say goodbye to your families
  • 1:45 p.m.: Report to the Academic Quad to meet with your BuckWild Trip Leaders
  • 2:00 p.m.: Parents/Guardians/Family Members will meet with the President, Provost, and Dean of Students in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2:30 p.m.: Parents/Guardians/Family Members are free to depart campus or attend the social hour in the Weis Center Lobby until 3:30 p.m.

Day 2
Wake up, pack up equipment, and depart campus! Hit the trail "running" - Goal: head to White Rocks and Climb. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 3
Wake up, Climb at Shaffer Rock all day! Depart climbing to set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 4
Wake up, pack up equipment, and depart camp! Head to Hennigh Cave and Tytoona Cave, explore the caves throughout the day. Set up camp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 5
Meet and engage with Bucknell Professors in the afternoon at the Cowan Forest D. Brown Retreat Center. There we will enjoy food and festivities mid evening. Go back to shower and then meet up for the Arts First Pre-Orientation Program Performance. Sleep in your rooms.

Day 6
Breakfast 8:15 a.m. in Larrison Dining Hall. Your trip leaders will discuss the Orientation Schedule. There will be a slideshow displaying each of the trip experiences. Orientation begins a little before lunch.